USNR ALUNNI

Updates on Jim's deployment status. We hope you will share your thoughts and comments.

Friday, August 05, 2005

THE TREK HOME


Good morning . . . and indeed it is. Jim has left Germany and is making the 12 hour trek back to the safety of the United States. United States indeed. Many thanks to those from the BLACKFIVE whom have visited this blog and posted comments (www.blackfive.net) expressing their well wishes, prayers and words of support, from every corner of this country.

Madelon called Germany this morning and the nurses told her he had already left and was doing "very, very well". They are maintaining the epidural for pain management for the long flight home. We are so appreciative for the kindness and excellent treatment Jim received while in Germany. They told Madelon they treated Jim as if he were their own son. Kudos to the medical staff.

Jim's mother, father, sister and brother are scheduled to depart tomorrow for Bethesda. Arrangements have been made for their transportation and housing. Friends, co-workers and family dropped off cards, letters and gifts for them to bring to Jim. The day Jim left for his deployment, I sat at the airport with Madelon & Jerry (Jim's parents) sending Jim off to an uncertain conclusion. It was heart wrenching. I can only imagine what it will be like for them to embrace him again, knowing he is alive and safe.

I spoke with Madelon about so many whom have expressed interest in visiting Jim. She has asked for everyone to wait before making any plans. The family would like to spend time with him and evaluate his condition. Additionally, we are getting mixed information about visitors and clearance, since it is a secured hospital. We have no idea how long he will be there but again, will keep you posted as we find out.

Many of you have already found my e-mail address listed on this site. Feel free to contact me if you would like to be added to a list of those I will e-mail when I have posted an update. My address is: cynphelps@aol.com

In closing, I want to personal thank all of you who have extended words of support and prayers. My family, friends, co-workers have been amazing. For every hug I receive, I know how blessed I am.

cynthia

2 Comments:

At Sunday, August 14, 2005 10:50:00 AM, Blogger cousin gracie said...

JIM, WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT YOUR PROGRESS. YOU REMAIN IN OUR PRAYERS AS DO THE REMAINING MEN AND WOMEN SERVING AS YOU SO BRAVELY DID. WE WENT TO THE FEAST IN LITTLE ITALY AND LIT CANDLES FOR YOU AND THOSE STILL SERVING, AND WE BOUGHT RAFFLE TICKETS IN YOUR NAME. REMEMBER IF YOU WIN, WE WANT A CUT...KIDDING. BE WELL. WE SEND OUR LOVE. PEACE!!!! gracie

 
At Monday, August 15, 2005 7:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JIM. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER ME I WAS THE NAIL TECH ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE FIRE STATION THAT YOU USED TO GO TO WHEN YOU DYED YOUR HAIR PLATINUM HA HA BUT WANTED YOU TO KNOW YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS MY SON IS TURNING 18 NEXT MONTH AND WANTS TO JOIN THE MARINES ITS A GODD THING BUT I AM SCARED!!!!! TAKE CARE

 

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